The purpose of the McKinney-Vento Act is to provide educational services to homeless students which are equal to all other enrolled students, and ensure that homeless children and youth have equal opportunities to enroll in, attend, and be successful in school.

Your child may qualify as homeless if you are:

  • sharing housing with others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason
  • living in a motel, hotel, trailer park or camp grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations
  • living in emergency or transitional shelters
  • awaiting foster care placement
  • whose primary nightime residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc.)
  • living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations
  • migratory children who qualify as homeless


Each school has a homeless liaison (counselor, secretary, or intervention specialist) or you may contact the District’s Homeless Liaison, Cayli Odegard, located at the District Office by calling (360) 629-1286.  Please contact the liaison at your child’s school or the District liaison if you think your child may qualify as homeless. 

homeless youthposter_eng_color.jpgFor more qualifying situations and eligibility, click here to download the information.

For further information on requirements and guidance of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, please click here .